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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

474 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 474
Hads: 1,049
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 192
Gots: 149 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 04-10-2009

A style of ale that was fashioned to survive the long voyage from England to India during the British colonization. Hop, hops, and more hops! This ale has an intense aroma and a long lingering finish. A beer for the connoisseur, this is the Brewmasters choice.

Known as Red Betty IPA in the United States.
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Photo of al_al1357
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served out of a can, beer appears a dark golden-orange copper colour with a finger of head that quickly disappears. Rich bouquet of hops, grapefruit and citrus on the nose. Taste is clean and refreshing and boasts flavors of cascade hops, grapefruit, pine, and citrus. Beer surprisingly does not finish as bitter as I would have expected it to, which is nice for those who dislike a very bitter-tasting finish. Carbonation is relatively high but tolerable and the finish is otherwise quite smooth. Overall a pleasant beer to drink.

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Photo of beersareonme
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a wonderful IPA. Great colour, lasting head, bitter and full of citrus. It's a little over-carbonated for my tastes, which also causes it to change feel as you near the bottom of the glass. But this IPA is a winner in my book. Cheers.

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Photo of Rukeli76
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml can. Price keeps going up, but this remains a bargain.

Dark copper pale ale colour. Clear as heck. Inch-and-a-half of foamy head. Nice lacing.

Aromas of earthy, resinous pine combined with some ripe fruit.

This one tastes really dank. Some ripe fruit from the Centennial hops. A classic west coast IPA profile. Some sweet, complex malts in there as well.

This seems highly carbonated for an American IPA. Adds nicely to the overall intensity.

I'll confess to really loving this beer, albeit slightly less than I did before they started filtering it. Back then it was like this strange, beautiful rainforest creature that came to f you right in the tastebuds -- so, so intense. It's since been domesticated just a wee bit too much for my liking.

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Photo of Chris_r2112
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a pale, clear, orange/amber like colour. Had about a finger of creamy head. Beautiful lacing on the glass.

Smell: I can smell this one from where I am sitting probably half a meter away from it! Extremely citrusy and fruity. I'm getting grapefruit, pineapple, and orange peels. Red Racer smells delicious.

Taste: All you can ask for in an IPA. Like the smell, Red Racer is exceptionally fruity. Strong grapefruit, oranges, pineapple. Long, bitter and dry finish! Despite the bitterness, it is not overpowering.

Feel: Light mouth feel, medium carbonation. Compliments the robust nature of the beer. Above average feel for an IPA.

It is a toss up between this and Twice as Mad Tom for my favourite Canadian IPA. This one is exceptionally fruity, and robust. Anyone who considers themself a hop head absolutely needs to pick this one up. I am extremely thankful that my local LCBO always seems to carry this, despite the fact that I am in Ontario.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a tallboy into nonic
Pours a bright and clear light amber with a 1 finger off- white head that faded after a minute and left decent lacing. Nose is a lot of caramel malts and some floral hops, with the promise of a little juicy grapefruit...kind of old-school west coast. As for the taste, this adds some herbal notes to the mix...it starts with a little hint of piney bitterness together with substantial round caramel body, and ends with the grapefruit unfolding nicely, together with a little herbal touch...sweet, a little medicinal mintiness, and then some gentle grapefruit bitterness. Feel is substantial and full of flavor without feeling heavy...carbonation might be on the higher side of the mid-range for the style.

This is pretty good...it doesn't really stand out in a crowded field, but I'd be happy to have it around on a regular basis.

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Photo of stevoj
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from On the Fly. Pours out with nice fluffy head, orange golden body with tons of fine bubbles, very active carbonation. Head leaves clumpy lacing. Gentle aroma equal parts apple fruitiness and piney hops. Taste brings in more crisp happiness, some malt sweetness. Finishes kind of dry, a hint of metallic notes, but still excellent.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Grain (Hyatt Regency, Vancouver), served in a Red Racer nonic pint glass. Pours clear brass with a good head of off white foam and nice lace. Plenty of grapefruit and pine on the nose. A moderately grainy malt body carries a powerful hop punch of more grapefruit, some tropical fruit and lasting herbal bitterness. Medium body and crisp carbonation. A solid IPA with a crisp, bitter profile.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Day sixteen of the Central City/Parallel 49 advent calendar. 330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a deep orange with a monstrous off white head that leaves sturdy rock climbing wall lace as it recedes.

Smells of citrus rind, pine resin and tropical fruit with some caramel malt.

Tastes of pine resin, bitter oranges, pineapple and caramel malt backbone. Citrus and pine rule here.

Feels medium-heavy with smooth carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Easily a contender for Canada's best IPA.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good mix of all the yellow, orange and amber colors. Almost solid 1" of head on it, mostly white.

Aroma was hoppy, kind of run of the mill hop aroma. Pine at times.

Taste was standard, hoppy, bitter, caramel. Totally serviceable stuff. C hops, maybe something like Simcoe, doesn't impart any of the new tropical fruit hops at all.

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Photo of joesi
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Let me preface this by saying that I don't like IPAs and in turn have not tried a large variety of IPAs.
That said, this is the best IPA I've ever had. Very strong and flavorful without being to bitter (well for most people; I still don't care for the bitterness that much). Despite not having tasted many IPAs I could tell that this was something special. I'd say this is the epitome of what good American IPA is.

Smell: Strong. Great smell, albeit it a simple one. Very hoppy; like a pine tree or something (I'm not good with hop names, but it's predominately pine taste). It probably smells like being in a hops garden, or a pine tree forest.

Appearance: Very clear; Definitely filtered; I guess as one would expect for this style? Amber color (darkness depending on your glass and lighting), again as one would expect. Head: rather fine, stays for a good while; overall rather typical and good.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is average or even slightly on the low side but is also quite smooth/fine. Definitely pleasant I'd say.

Taste: I really like how it has very distinct front and back flavors. The hops taste changes into some other flavors shortly after tasting. I'm not quite sure what those secondary flavors are (malts or something), but it's really cool and complimentary. After enough sips, one can't notice this anymore because the hops takes over the tongue.

Overall verdict: If you love hops and love IPAs then you should totally love this! Otherwise you may merely just want to have a taste, or even avoid it. I'm glad that I tried it because it's inexpensive and great for it's style. That said I don't like its style. I do also like the ABV.

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Photo of SSS
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Bright, clear orange, white head disappeared quickly
S-I get Columbus hops, dank, and a little floral
M-Light body with higher end carbonation for an IPA
T-Bitter front end and sweeter finish. Aftertaste puckers the mouth
O-This is a solid west coast IPA. I recommend.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow. This so far is probably my second favorite Canadian IPA after Castors Yakima IPA.

Appearance- Poured into a snifter from a 473 ml Can. Love this can XD... Pours a clear amber with 2 fingers head that fades in a couple mins. Carbonation looks kinda lively.

Aroma - HOPS, floral hops, citrus hops, Bready, Cracker, Caramel.

Taste - Lemon , Grapefruit, orange peel, flowers, white bread, caramel.

Feel - medium body, Creamy carbonation, Bitter on the front and finish, lasts on the finish.

Overall - This is a fantastic IPA, The 80 ibu is well masked by the balance of sweetness to the hops. The entire beer blends really well together. Definitely give this a try if you get a chance.

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Photo of tomghiley
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This, to me, is without a doubt the best American Style IPA in Canada, and probably my favorite, along with Southern Tier's IPA, both are world class, and could not be any better.

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Photo of mylespetro
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white head that lasts. Good lacing on the glass. Crystal clear golden yellow with a hint of copper.
S - Big dry hop smell right up front, citrus and buttered bread, resiny.
T - Big citrus flavours off the top, resin and pine, bready, and of course hops.
M - Mild carbonation, leaves the mouth with just the right amount of tackiness or dryness.
O - In my opinion, an example of a West Coast IPA done right.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6.5% ABV, 80 ibu, 355ml can.
A - golden copper clear with half finger head, I expected more carbonation from can.
S - floral, oranges (peel), sweet fruit, piney, caramel, there's some kind of savory spice at the back, couldn't tell what the exactly. dank, resin.
T - very full flavored palate, good carbonation mouthful, balanced which is not that hoppy with 80 ibu. taste is similar to the smells. piney n sweet, went out dry. sweetness, grassy, caramel malty, and then bitterness lingering.
O - more copper color, floral aroma & sweeter than HOP CIRCLE IPA. it's a really nice daily IPA, will get it next time.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light amber colour with a couple inches of foam that clears quickly. No carbonation visible. Nice look.

Citrusy hops on the nose with a bit of sweet ripe fruit.

First taste is sharp bitter orange and grapefruit that gives quickly to some rich depth thats a bit sweet. Some grains in the back and finish is bitter again. Have to admit the depth of flavour was surprising and really well balanced. Different notes come and go nicely.

Mouthfeel is light but not thin. Very little carbonation feel.

Overall pleasantly surprised at the depth of the flavours. I usually find American IPA styles overdo the citrus bomb but this manages the big bitter grapefruit style with balance and class. Lots of flavour and a nice fresh aftertaste makes this a definite repeat.

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Photo of phatmasterc
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An all around outstanding beer. Wonderful aroma, with just enough bitterness to get noticed. This is the IPA i judge a lot of others against. It sets the standard very high! Bravo Central City.

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Photo of safaricook
3.46/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I don't get the high ratings of this beer. I had 2 cans on separate occasions and in my opinion it is pretty standard. The hops are pretty green and floral to me with bit of pine, which I would expect from an English IPA, but the malts in the taste are not this wonderful british caramel balance that complements the rather boring hop taste that is mainly bitter and only a little (grape)fruity. American IPA do not need the malt balance as their fruity hops balance the bitterness. This beer is neither this nor that. It is not bad but also niot special. (FYI, the beer was consumed not even 3 month after production date and should have been fresh enough)

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Photo of Bokino
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

473ml can poured into a standard craft beer glass(Not a shaker pint)

A: Light amber almost gold in color. A fine thick head adorns the crown of this IPA, leaving beautiful lacing that stays with a tenacity which I previously reserved only for 3rd world street vendors.

S: Upon dipping my nose near the glass I immediately recoiled back in shock and looked around me. The notes of Pine so strong I was convinced utterly I had suddenly awoken In a grove of towering evergreens. Finally convinced I was still in my house I tried to delve deeper into the aroma. Gentle notes of citrus showed them selves the more I looked, lingering into a delightful floral finish.

T: Not Bad

M: Just thick enough to linger upon your tongue as you sip yet not so thick that it becomes an unpleasant experience. It dances and swirls about leaving a fine, crisp and refreshing feeling finish in your mouth begging for the next tantalizing taste. So much so that I am actually on my 7th one as I write this review.

Summary: Would buy again.

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Photo of timtimmy
1.76/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was easily one of the top IPA in the entire world. It was bold, aromatic and had a beautiful colour. It was also my favourite. Easily a 5 in every category.

They updated the can artwork, started filtering it and who knows what else. The bold citrussy hops are gone, it's bitter, and it's unbelievably average.

The original was a work of love, this new stuff is a work of profit.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear hazy amber color, almost copper with a pink hue, and floating suspending detritus. Creamy foamy white 2 finger head lasting around 5 minutes. Strong legs with some vivid dual speed carbonation activity due to the particles.

Strong aromas and flavors of citrus, pine, fruits, floral and herbal spices. Perfectly intensified having some pleasant orange fruity sweetness and a rich earthy spicy bitter feel.

Slick creamy medium body with some prickly carbonation. Well intensified finish ending with a spicy, slightly dry, bitter clove like feel and pine aftertaste.

Overall : Awesome tasty flavors and balanced intensity. Great freshness while still a little dry, and the spices are just right. Excellent and accessible IPA!

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft in downtown Toronto at a place called Beerbistro. The beer was marketed as a West Coast style IPA so I had to give it a whirl. Overall I was very impressed. Great aroma and flavor. I'd love to snag some of these to take home. Great beer.

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Photo of Roby923
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding! Had it canned from the lcbo, on tap at many calgary bars, and on the lift at Louise (thanks to the fellas from YEG). Always a treat, no matter the occasion.

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Photo of louis3
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Racer IPA is in a new can; the beer is now being filtered. I suppose the new presentation is designed to widen the appeal of the beer to the uptown crowd.
Fortunately I discovered the change and was able to buy a few cans of the older stock.

Filtration doesn't impress this customer; it is an additional process which subtracts from flavour and texture and is a waste of energy. But the uptown crowd doesn't care about such things. People either accept the style or they don't. Filtration isn't going to win someone who doesn't like hoppy beer, and there are many such people.

The yeast residue grounded the beer and now the entire flavour is different.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a winner! I've enjoyed it in cans and bombers, my most recent encounter was on tap at a local pub. It was the special, and it really impressed me as a draft offering. Red Racer has nailed the combination of hops and malt to fine art. From first whiff to last mouthful, this is an incredibly enjoyable beer. There is plenty of malt backbone that is nicely accentuated by the pine/grapefruit hop notes. I have yet to meet a Red Racer I didn't like...

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Red Racer IPA (India Pale Ale) from Central City Brewers + Distillers
94 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.